Vietnamese suspect in Kim Jong Nam assassination freed

May 03, 2019; Vietnamese woman who stood trial for the assassination of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother was freed from prison Friday, bringing down the final legal curtain on a dramatic and bizarre two-year murder mystery.

Kim Jong Nam, the estranged relative and once seen as heir apparent to the North’s leadership, died in agony after having his face smeared with a banned nerve agent as he waited at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. 

The sensational killing made headlines around the world and sparked a furious diplomatic row as Seoul accused Pyongyang of an elaborate plot to murder a figure who had spent years in exile and been critical of his family’s rule.

Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Indonesian Siti Aisyah were arrested after being spotted on CCTV approaching Kim but always denied murder. 

Then the murder charges were withdrawn last month against Huong, who pleaded guilty to a reduced count of causing injury and was told she would be released in May at the end of her sentence. 

More than two years after her arrest, the 30-year-old former hair salon worker was freed from a prison outside the Malaysian capital today.

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